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|Monday, October 1st, 2012|
Seems I haven't posted in here in eleventy one years!
|Saturday, October 1st, 2011|
|Thursday, September 22nd, 2011|
|Project, Eagle Scout related
I'm seeking Eagle Scouts for a project I'm working on. If you're particularly annoyed by the exclusionary policies of the Boy Scouts of America, I'm looking for you. Comments will be screened for your own privacy concerns. In the future, the project will be open to all, not just Eagle Scouts, but not quite yet. Current Mood: optimistic
|Tuesday, April 14th, 2009|
|Wednesday, December 31st, 2008|
Please, write your Maine Representative or Senator, especially if they sit on the Joint Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs
for the state. (Maine Legislature only here, not feds)Here's
where to find your congress critter.
Let them know that you support MPBN and that you expect the state to live up to its obligations and support it, like the legislation says it is supposed to!
Look at the press release
which includes the chapter and verse of the legislation that tells the state they're supposed to fund this. Stress the value to the entire state of having one network which reaches the state, not just for weather emergencies but for DHS related alerts as well.
Please be polite and concise and get your snail mail in the mail by January 2nd! Or it won't make it. Snail mail packs the biggest punch, but email and phone calls work too.
|Tuesday, December 9th, 2008|
|Dear Lazyweb - audio edition
I'm interested in the idea of pulling the sound off a mixing board into my Mac, a Mac Book Pro.
What hardware and software would anyone suggest for getting some decent quality recording from this type of setup?
The reason? I am having wonderful ideas, based on my last post, about recording some of these gigs for $WORK and trying to get some of it on the air. Of course lots of logistics and permission needs to happen, but it's an idea. And I figure the easiest way to get the audio is either record to DAT (I think our news team would have a Marantz I could use) or to my laptop - which just seems smarter.
|Saturday, October 25th, 2008|
It seems to me like Pop!Tech, TED and SXSW are all merging into 'techno geeks meet the music world' cons. For those with hug bankroll. With Pop!Tech adding artists like Amos Lee, Imogen Heap and (gasp!) Paul Simon, they seem to be grasping at "Look, we have brains... and WE'RE COOL TOO!" Whereas SXSW was already cool without knowing it and without screaming it, but now are saying "We maked us smart. You come too." And TED, well, I don't know enough of the history of it, but it seems to be "May I have your gold card number please Sir/Madam? Yes, here's your confirmation number."
*shrug* Makes me wonder at what their directions are and what their targets are. It is interesting to watch the evolution of the events though.
|Wednesday, August 13th, 2008|
MPBN is looking for a part time classical announcer. Other duties as assigned too. A knowledge of classical music is required, as well as a clue on how to pronounce names and works. It's a weekend shift, but you could get more shifts as well. It could also lead into more programming later on.
AFAIK, the position will be in Bangor, but there's a possibility that it could be in Portland later. In all likelihood, it _will_ be in Portland later, as that's the overall goal for radio operations. Yet, things are still controlled up in Bangor.
[ed: This position would be based in Portland, but would have some training in Bangor, AFAIK.]
|Wednesday, June 18th, 2008|
Am I actually making a noise of
|Tuesday, May 13th, 2008|
|Dear Lazyweb, Renaissance edition
I am s l o w l y getting back into fairs and such. I have two shows to be at this year and there might be a third. I need.... boots.
Yep, it's time. I need boots. I've always had crap for boots, but I need to kick it up a notch. I'm not great with fitting into just anyone's shoes/boots, so I'm worried about getting a pair that won't fit right, but mail order seems to be my only option.
What are my requirements? Over calf, at least. I don't think I want full height bucket boots, they seem to just not be something I'd enjoy, and I wonder if they'll work with requirement two. Requirement two - I gotta be able to fight in these. That means armor. I'm not looking for steel toe boots, if I need to, I'll just have sabatons put into the kit. But for shows, I think I can get away without them.
Can fight in them with armor on
Comfortable for a wider foot
Excellent return policy from the company
I don't think the sodhopper type boots will work for me. I think they're also beyond my budget right now. I might get a pair of those in the future because I have heard that they are the most comfortable ones you can get, bar none. You also need to be fitted for them, which is fine and damn well better be the case when they cost that much.
I welcome your recommendations. I know there are some $70 boots out there that are taller. There are also $400 boots that are tall too (see above comment on sodhoppers).
|Tuesday, April 15th, 2008|
|The Miss Portland Diner
After looking at it for months under a blue tahp, the finally moved the Miss Portland Diner yesterday.
Given away by its owner, the town solicited bids and finally came up with a buyer from NJ. The only saving grace in that is NJ is a great place for diners.
But all winter long, the Miss Portland languished, under a green tarp, then a blue tarp to cover the other tarp, and in a parking lot off Marginal Way in Portland. It was right across from the Whole Foods store. It's likely you missed it if you drove by it. It's lucky it didn't get scrapped.
But the owner finally closed on the land and they had actually poured a foundation for the diner and yesterday, as I was driving to work, I noticed "Hey, they took off the tahp!". I also noticed a large truck was nearby. On my way home from work, I found it was gone from storage. It was, however, sitting on new pillars and poured concrete foundation next to the new building on Marginal Way. It's dwarfed by the new building, but it's there nonetheless.
I took pictures which I present here
shot is the best of them (also beyond the cut), but it was with my camera phone.
I'll update the progress as I see it and will try to take pictures on the days I'm commuting in or out of Portland. I'll try to make sure my still camera has batteries in it. Doh! I tried to take pictures with the real camera this morning, but my batteries were dead.
I was very surprised that there was very little local coverage on this move. But a Boston station picked up the story
(warning, video loads automatically with advert first) and Maine Today also picked up on it
Please feel free to filter the tag 'miss portland' if you don't want to read my updates about this. ( Read more...Collapse )
|Friday, September 28th, 2007|
After a long fight, jclewley
succumbed to cancer Wednesday. Current Mood: morose
|Saturday, June 23rd, 2007|
|Sounds like something people yell when they're on fire!
My guacamole seems to have turned out more like a salsa than guac, but it tastes good. I think bad_gustav
knows what I mean.
2 avocados - fork mashed
3 backyard beauty tomatoes - diced
1 white onion - diced
1 lime - juice of
2 hot peppers, seeded and chopped exceedingly fine
1/2 bunch cilantro - mostly leaves, chopped exceedingly fine
1 shot (or so) Jose Cuervo Tequila
mix in large bowl with a silicone spatula. Refrigerate.
I think I'll serve it with some traditional 'greens' salad and some chips too. Kind of a make it all up salad and thing.
I'm happy with how it tastes initially, as is apkeimel
- so that's good enough. I certainly wouldn't call it
|Thursday, November 9th, 2006|
|A quick pre-announcement announcement
Today is November 9th.
For the list of things that happened on this day, see Wikipedia
. Some more notable items were the Great Boston Fire, Proclamation of the German Republic from Kaiser Wilhelm, the Beer Hall Putsch, Kristallnacht (wow, bad date for the Germans, eh?), The Opening of the Berlin Wall (okay, getting better), Mozilla Firefox 1.0 was released, Halo II was released. And, the reason for me bringing up this date, Walter Sobczak was born.
I've posted in the past about Walter. I won't remind all of you, but he's been an influence in my life. And he died last year, at 'too damn young' an age.
After Walter passed, some of us discussed the idea of running a costume party in honor of him. Well, nothing really was done with it this year, due to whatever circumstances. But I'd like to change that. I'm putting forth a plan for a fund-raising costume party around Halloween 2007. Proceeds would likely benefit transplant groups and/or the ACS. I'd also like to try and allocate some of the money and give it to Rennies that need help with expenses while they're not in the best of health. Of course, if we got corporate sponsors, that would be harder to do. But I have ideas. :)
Obviously, this is early for planning, but it's the perfect time to start planning. I envision the event occuring in New Hampshire. I see it as a place for anyone to come and put on their best costumes, all of them worthy of prizes. I see cash and donated prizes from sponsors. I see a DJ and/or a band. I see food and a bar. Yep, this will be an adult party (not as in ADULT adult, but as in 'no kids' adult. So, find a sitter).
I've been in touch with Barbara, Walter's widow, and she's given her blessing and offered her help. This is your chance to offer your help.
Time, talent, money, whatever.
The biggest expenses would be the venue, food and bar. I'd like to see an open bar, but I know that might not be practical. If it's cash bar, I'd insist on a portion of the proceeds to go toward the fundraising aspect. If you think you can help with venue, food or bar items, please let me know, you can even do so outside of the comments.
There will be publicity. This is intended as a higher end event and I know that this may be somewhat contrary to the payrolls of many rennies, but I also know that it'll likely be right after a couple of fairs close - so recently paid rennies are easier to get donations from! :) Hehe...
Really, I want to do something good for some people who need it and if we can honor Walter in the process - cause he just LOVED costumes - all the better.
If you're interested in helping, please let me know in comments or at $MY-LJ-NAME@gmail.com .
Thanks for bearing with this announcement being NOT lj-cut.
|Tuesday, November 7th, 2006|
"There are four boxes to be used in defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury, and ammo. Please use in that order."
|Friday, October 6th, 2006|
|Quark or filemaker person
A company I know of in Maine has an IMMEDIATE need for an EXPERIENCED Quark and/or Filemaker person. This would be a contract gig, 'weeks' in length. Unknown compensation, but I'll put you in touch with those people who have the power to make things happen.
The position would be in Central Maine for a few weeks. I don't think they'll be able to do a telecommute, but at this point, one never knows. Please, you need to already know your stuff, no time for learning on this one.
Comment in this blog (screened) and I'll get you the contact info.[ED: Talent found. Thank you.]
|Quark and Filemaker person?
A company I know in Maine has an IMMEDIATE need for an EXPERIENCED Quark and Filemaker person. Respond in comments and I'll put you in touch with whom you need to talk to.
Please, this is a need for EXPERIENCED people only, there's no time to train.
Please feel free to circulate this. I don't have any specifics as to pay or benefits or any of that, but I'll definately get you in touch with the right person.
|Saturday, August 26th, 2006|
It's been a wet summer. Very wet.
The mud hole in the back of the yard is deep enough to swallow a John Deere LT180. It did.
Important trick - pull out the transmission lock to roll the tractor. You can half lift the tractor and get at least one wheel off the ground at a time. This is very useful.
Also, if you go axle deep, that's good sometimes, cause the mud is likely DEEPER than the axle, which allows you to get something underneath the wheel and pull it out.
That is all.
|Thursday, August 24th, 2006|
There's a sort of RPG called werewolf. there's an online version. Come play.
Check out http://www.volity.net
to download the Gamut game client, then come play.
|Wednesday, June 28th, 2006|
|Mass. Tech people... corporate question
A student employee of mine (well, he's now graduated and an alum) has been in contact with TECH PROS GROUP, INC - WWW.TECHPROSGROUP.COM. They supposedly run a bunch of labs for three months and then promise an internship if you get by the tests. Then after internship, you can get a job from the recruiter, but the recruiter takes 20% of first year salary. Sounds like it could be a scam. could be good, but could be bad.
Anyone have experience with them?
Please feel free to circulate this. Actually posting public for a change.